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Hype vs. Hope (San Jose State + Udacity vs. Linn State Technical College)

Jan 23, 2013
Never has so much been made by so many about so few.
Last week's announcement by Udacity and the California State University system that they would jointly develop remedial and introductory MOOCs, starting initially at San Jose State University, and offer them for...
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Harvard, Yale and the Future of For-Profit Universities

Jan 9, 2013
What makes American higher education exceptional? Most Americans would argue quality, which it turns out boils down to a discrete mix of readily quantifiable educational inputs like spending per student, and outputs relating to research, but not student outcomes. Beyond the top...
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Online Education Whitepaper

Dec 23, 2012
Since establishing University Ventures nearly two years ago, we have written and spoken on many aspects of higher education and online education in particular. With nearly...
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China's Elite Universities: Blackpool Before EasyJet

Dec 6, 2012
One of the great virtues of a liberal arts education is its demonstrated ability to prepare students for a multitude of different employment paths - not only later in life, but immediately upon graduation. My post-graduation decision matrix was particularly eclectic...
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The University is Not Flat

Nov 22, 2012
In his 2005 book The World is Flat, New York Times columnist and Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Thomas Friedman illuminated the new digital face of globalization, its results and discontents. Friedman's "flat-world platform" permits individuals and small groups to compete...
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Death of the Degree? Not So Fast

Nov 17, 2012
The death of the college degree - the standard signal for an educated adult for over a millennium - is foretold by the lions of Silicon Valley. Over the past year, the phenomenon known as massive open online courses (MOOCs) -- now being offered by elite universities like Stanford...
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Jobs, Capabilities and the New Digital Divide

Nov 8, 2012
If the presidential election was about one thing, it was jobs. A few numbers stand out from the campaign: 23 million unemployed, an unemployment rate that has remained over 7% since the last election, and finally 3.7 million unfilled jobs. America remains exceptional in many ways, but unfilled...
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Debating the Dystopian Counterfactual

Oct 23, 2012
Only a few topics in the Presidential debates produced complete agreement between President Obama and Governor Romney. The middle class?(Check. Both candidates seem to be in favor of the middle class.) The importance of families? (We're still waiting for the first anti-family Presidential...
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Synchronicity

Oct 11, 2012
"This is the single biggest change in education since the printing press."
- Anant Agarwal, MIT Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and President of edX
"In a MOOC, no one can hear you scream." - Ann Kirschner...
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(Re)Searching for Online Learning 2.0

Sep 27, 2012
Conventional wisdom says - and most analysts agree - that online higher education will continue to grow like a weed, with annual growth exceeding 20%. But how to square conventional wisdom with increasing signs that the online market is plateauing? A new report from Eduventures based...
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